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2008 Toyota Highlander

libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
This is the year the Highlander will be redesigned; it comes out in 2005 as a 2006 model. I hope it has a similar interior except with a lot more passenger and cargo room. Also, the styling needs to improve.


  • highlander7highlander7 Posts: 177
    Anyone know if curtain air bags will be available in 2004 Highlander or do we have to wait until 2005 or 06? Is Toyota aware that not have this safety feature is costing them sales of this model?
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    about either question but I imagine you will have to wait until model year 2006 to get them.
  • highlander7highlander7 Posts: 177

    Economically it makes sense for Toyota not to offer curtain bags until 05/06. The lost sales probably are not enough concern to cover the installation and design into the current vehicle.

    Another vehicle I am considering in addition to the Highlander is the new 2004 Tundra. I would expect this new truck to have all the air bags available to the Sequoia.

    thanks again for your reply....
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    If you are considering Tundra, perhaps you might want to check out the Nissan Titan as well, which will definitely be available with side curtains. On paper, this looks like the truck to beat.

  • i_luv_toyotai_luv_toyota Posts: 350
    "On paper, this looks like the truck to beat"

    Key words there, "on paper". However, in person, it's so ugly I want to "beat" it with a stick! All domestic branded trucks (Chevy, GMC, Dodge, Ford (both 03 and 04)) and Toyota top the Titan in looks.

    I could care less how much HP the Titan has because I could never live with something so ugly!
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    The class-leading Dodge Ram has side airbags too.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    the Ram had full length side curtains, which is the side airbags setup that I was referring to.

    From what I saw at NYIAS, I think the Titan is incredibly sharp and agressive looking, without overdoing it, a la Ram. Sorry i_luv_toyotas, the Tundra is still too small, still too nondescript, and still doesnt offer enough power with the 4.7L.

    Anyway, back to the Highlander. Is Toyota going to wait until the redesign to drop the 3.3L V6 in?
    That would somewhat suck, as the HL is decently quick, but not up there with Pilot, Murano, and the torque rich Endeavor.

  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    I would imagine they'll wait till then.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I think that they'd wait. It's another Camry platform car. All of the Camry based Toyotas seem like they're getting the 3.3. The Solara's getting it, the Sienna has it, the RX330 has it, and the only ones left that don't have the 3.3 are the ES300, Camry, and Highlander.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    says the 3.3L V6, likely the Solara's 225hp/240 lb. ft. version, will go into the ES300, making it the ES330, for the 2004 MY. Rumor also has it that the 3.3L will find its way into the Camry SE V6 model, while LE and XLE V6s will retain the 210hp 3.0L.

    Nothing confirmed, but it would be nice were it true.

    Where is the current HL made?

  • little_pogilittle_pogi Posts: 149
    Have you heard that Toyota is going to release in late 2005 a hybrid ('06 model) version of the Highlander. It will have the same drivetrain as the Lexus RX400H (coming out this spring as a 05' model). Like its Lexus cousin, it will be a V6 with the power of a V8 engine and a significantly improved mileage rating. No pricing is still available at this time.

    The Highlander is made at the same Kyushu plant that makes the Lexus RX330.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I thought the RX330 is now made in Canada? I'm all confused.

  • little_pogilittle_pogi Posts: 149
    The Canadian plant is still not yet rolling out Lexus vehicles. They originally scheduled the 1st Lexus car off the assembly line in September but news reports says that may have to be moved forward. Should the Canadian plant start making the RX330, the Kyushu plant will still supply most the the RX330 sold globally. There is also that big possibility that the next model Highlander will be made in Canada for the N. American market.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    That is correct. It will be a 2006 model.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I read the Camry brochure. Doesn't the Camry only have 192 Horsepower from the V6? I read an article in USA Today about 2 years ago saying that toyota was going to make a Hybrid minivan, similar to the Estima in Japan. they said 2005, but that doesn't sound likely.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    The Camry brochure you were reading was outdated. All Camrys produced after Jan 02 have variable valve timing and produce 210hp at 5800RPM and 220lb ft at 4400RPM. It was a midyear upgrade.

  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    OH. I got the brochure from the Toyota dealer in June. I just hope that the Highlander gets the 3.3.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I apologize for an inaccurate statement- I meant all Camrys produced after Jan 03, NOT Jan 02.

  • ajacat1ajacat1 Posts: 87
    Now I'm wondering whether we should wait to buy a new car until the toyota SUV, that they keep saying will have the hybrid technology and will debut soon, comes out (see the site). I was just wondering whether it might end up being the highlander.

    Wish it would be a minivan, but does anyone know any more about what toyota's planning on this?

    thanks in advance
  • kmcmikmcmi Posts: 22
    According to what I have heard from Toyota the Highlander will get the 3.3 V6 and an optional 3rd row seat for 2004 model year. The 3.3 V6 is available in the 2004 Camry SE and the Solara. The dealerships have brochures on the '04 Camry and Solara but not yet on the Highlander. For the 3rd row the 4Runner will also get this option (making it seat 7) and there are brochures available to see pictures of how they do it there.
  • otis123otis123 Posts: 438
    Curtain head air bags by any chance?? Anyone have pics of 2004 facelift?

  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Here's my theory according to how Toyota has placed the Sienna and the Highlander:
    1. Hybrid version for both
    2. 06 Sienna AWD will be cut
    3. Sienna still has that 5 Horsepower advantage
    4. Sienna XLE Limited gets cut.
    5. New Highlander trim levels: LE, SR5, XLE, XLE Limited
    Sienna trim levels: CE, LE, XLE, LE AWD, XLE AWD
    3rd seat optional on Highlander LE and SR5, no cost option on XLE and XLE Limited.
  • Toyota has released details on the 2004 Highlander, complete with pictures! See Toyota North American Pressroom: Highlander.
  • otis123otis123 Posts: 438
    Looks exactly the same except for the thicker body-color horizontal grill bars?
  • That's one difference. Also the front bumper is a little less plain looking/they added some lines to it; and there is some kind of change to the rear bumper -- looks more pronounced somehow. They also added new optional wheel rims that have a more character.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    also include:
    DVD rear entertainment
    3rd row seat option
    FWD/V6 combo
  • rhgrurhgru Posts: 1
    vince- I cant figure out on the letstalk website how to get the directions for paring my samsung SGH-a437 with bluetooth. I am also having trouble keeping my phone connected on my new highlander- thanks for any help
  • cubssoxscubssoxs Posts: 139
    The new crossover vehicle that I heard Toyota is going to lauch next year is going to be called the Toyota Ace.
  • rmanchirmanchi Posts: 13
    Hello everyone,
    The buzz is all about 2006 Hybrid Toyota Highlander. All of us may not be fortunate enough to make the allotment or may not simply afford the upfront cost. Whatever the case may be, it is worth discussing about this "future" "non-hybrid" model of Toyota Highlander. This discussion will initially talk about when the vehicle is going to be released, any pre-release news, delays, new colors, pricing, standard options and then move into Purchase Experiences and Dealer related discussions.

    Thank you.
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